|Last year Marchant shaved his head bald to go as Dr. Evil. |
Halloween traditionally evokes images of pumpkins, ghosts and goblins. For the Ducks, it means a second straight year of Todd Marchant going bald.
After shaving his head to don a Dr. Evil costume at last year’s team Halloween party, Marchant once again took a razor to his scalp, this time to be Mr. Clean at this year’s team gathering held Monday in Newport Beach.
“I enjoy it,” Marchant said after Wednesday’s practice. “I look forward to dressing up. You try to make a statement I guess.”
The 14-year veteran center feels the fun of Halloween came at a good time for the Ducks, winless in their past four games.
“It lightens things up around the dressing room and hopefully we can turn this around,” Marchant said.
Among the other Ducks attended the dress-up soiree, rookie Drew Miller went as a wizard, a costume that sounded fairly intricate.
“I had the mask, the whole robe, the hat and the big cane,” Miller said.
As the Halloween fun is put to rest Thursday, the Ducks will look to scare Columbus off Honda Center’s ice for their first win since Oct. 17. They will likely have the help of previously injured players Ryan Getzlaf and Rob Niedermayer, and possibly Mathieu Schneider. Each took part in Wednesday’s 50-minute practice.
“We think both those players should be available to us (on Thursday against Columbus),” coach Randy Carlyle said of Getzlaf (forearm strain) and Niedermayer (groin strain). As for Schneider, who has been out with a broken ankle since the Ducks’ second preseason game, Carlyle said it would be up to the veteran defenseman to make the decision Thursday on whether or not he’s available.
After another good day of practice, Schneider sounds ready to go. “I’m chomping at the bit,” said Schneider, who noted he will be paired with Francois Beauchemin when he does in fact make his season debut. “I’m sick of riding the bike and sick of practicing already, so I’m ready to go. I don’t think there’s anything more that I can do to test it. It feels really good. I haven’t had any setbacks at all. Everything’s super.”
Carlyle experimented with a few different line combinations during practice. Travis Moen skated with Corey Perry and Ryan Getlaf, while Drew Miller replaced Moen in his familiar spot alongside Rob Niedermayer and Samuel Pahlsson.
“We’re going to explore all our options and that’s one of them,” Carlyle said of changing the checking line. “To say that it’s etched in stone, I would say no because we’ve been consistent with that grouping. That’s not an easy decision to make to take that line apart.”